Karaj

Karaj

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Karaj is the capital of Karaj County, Alborz Province, Iran. Its population was about 1.61 million in the 2011 census, making it the fourth-largest city in Iran after Tehran, Mashhad and Isfahan. It is situated 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Tehran, at the foothills of the Alborz mountains.

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Karaj

Country Iran
Visa requirementsIran Visa Page
Languages spokenFarsi Or Persion
Currency usedRial
Area (km2)858 km²

Culture and history info

Karaj has been hosting communities since 3000 years BC. The Xurvin region of Karaj has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the Kelāk region on the left bank of Karaj River since the Iron Age. The stone built Taxt e Rostam, located on a mount in the west of Šahriār County, was built in the Parthian era as a Zoroastrian fire temple. Šāh-Abbāsi Caravansary Until the late 20th century, the city was mainly crossed into by a stone bridge built in the Safavid era. The stone built Šāh-Abbāsi Caravansary, located at the southeast of Towhid Square, was built in the same era, under the rule Šāh Esmāil. In 1810s, the Palace of Soleymānie was built as a summer resort by Šāhzāde Soleymān (Soleymān Mirzā), an old prince governor of Kermānšāh. Today, it is housing the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Tehran, granted since the Pahlavi era by Rezā Šāh Pahlavi. The Morvārid Palace, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Taliesin Associated Architects) on instructions from Shams Pahlavi, was constructed in nearby Mehršahr district, during the Pahlavi era. Other historical sites of the city include the Mausoleum of Šāhzāde Soleymān, Emāmzāde Rahmān, Emāmzāde Zeyd, and Palang Ābād e Eštehārd.Culture and history image

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